Marbella Arellano wins CHS essay contest
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Marbella Arellano, a fourth-grader at Thomas Page Academy in Cotati, lists reading and writing as her favorite subjects in school.

Her writing skills earned the 10-year-old the top prize in the Cotati Historical Society/Thomas Page Academy essay contest. Students in the contest were to write an essay about the early history of Cotati.

“Researching it was harder than writing,” Arellano said at the Cotati Historical Society’s annual Old-Fashioned Chicken BBQ held April 13 in the Ray Miller Community Center. “The essay took only about an hour to write.” Arellano is a student in teacher Mira Patel’s fourth-grade class.

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